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Adjusting End Play on Vertical Pump Motors

  • January 2024
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This video walks through the steps to adjust and set end play on a typical vertical hollow shaft pump motor.

Vertical Machines with Spherical Roller Thrust Bearings

  • January 2024
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One aspect of our repair industry that seems to cause a lot of confusion is the bearing arrangements of vertical motors. There is quite an assortment of thrust bearing arrangements, and we tend to try to apply the same method for adjusting end play to all of them. That is often a bad idea, so this article will take a closer look specifically at those fitted with a spherical roller thrust bearing and repair tips unique to these designs.

Máquinas verticales con rodamientos de empuje de rodillos esféricos

  • January 2024
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Un aspecto de nuestra industria de reparación que parece causar mucha confusión es la disposición de los rodamientos de los motores verticales. Existe una gran variedad de disposiciones de rodamientos de empuje y tendemos a intentar aplicar el mismo método para ajustar el juego axial en todos ellos. Por lo general, esta es una mala idea, por lo que este artículo analizará más de cerca específicamente aquellos motores equipados con un rodamiento de empuje de rodillos esféricos y ofrecerá consejos de reparación exclusivos para estos diseños.

Tip for Vertical Hollow-Shaft Motor Assembly

  • July 2021
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Vertical hollow-shaft motors present some unique reassembly challenges, one of which is setting end play. Here's a tip that applies to assembly of vertical hollow-shaft motors in the 320 to 440 frame drip-proof enclosures with grease lubricated lower guide bearings and oil-lubricated upper thrust bearings.

Vertical Motor Operation and Repair

  • June 2020
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Convention presentation

Vertical motors differ from horizontal motors in numerous ways, yet some view them as “just a horizontal motor turned on end.” The obvious differences are the (usually) thrust bearings, with arrangements varying from single- to three-thrust bearings with different orientations suited for specific load, rpm and applications. Less obvious differences are in the ventilation arrangements, shaft stiffness, degrees of protection and runout tolerances. This recording will cover those topics.

Understand vertical motor bearings

Vertical motors differ from horizontal units in various ways, including their oil-leak risks

  • April 2018
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Trade press article — Efficient Plant

Bearing construction is a key difference between vertical motors and horizontal motors that are mounted vertically. Vertical motors typically drive pumps using thrust bearings. Horizontal motors rarely have those types of bearings. Understanding relevant construction and configuration factors is crucial when confronting lubrication-related issues that can be associated with vertical-motor bearings.

More on vertical bearing applications and configurations

  • June 2016
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 Vertical motors can be identified by their capacity for an external thrust load. One common application with this factor is vertical pumps. The thrust load applied is the sum of the weight of the pump line shaft, the column of water in the casing that is being lifted, the weight of the pump impeller and the thrust produced by the pump’s volutes which forces the water to move upward. The distance between the motor and the impeller can be very short such as pumping from a tank at or above ground level to lifting water from a subsurface aquifer several hundred feet deep. In the latter example, the combined weight of the thrust load can be thousands of pounds (kilograms). The motor must then have a bearing design capable of these loads utilizing thrust bearings. 

Más sobre rodamientos en aplicaciones y consideraciones verticales

  • June 2016
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Los motores verticales se pueden identificar por la capacidad de soportar cargas de empuje externas. Una aplicación común en la que encontramos este factor son las bombas verticales. La carga de empuje aplicada es la suma del peso del eje lineal intermedio de la bomba (line shaft), la columna de agua que se está levantando, el peso del impulsor de la bomba y el empuje producido por las volutas de la bomba que fuerzan el agua hacia arriba. La distancia entre el motor y el impulsor puede ser muy corta, tal como sucede al bombear agua desde un acuífero subterráneo que se encuentra a cientos de pies de profundidad, hasta un tanque situado por encima o por debajo del suelo. En este último ejemplo, el peso combinado de la carga de empuje puede ser de miles de libras (kilogramos). El motor deberá estar diseñado con un rodamiento capaz de soportar estas cargas, por lo que se utilizan rodamientos de empuje. 

Vertical Motor Maintenance & Repair

  • July 2013
  • Number of views: 4082
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Convention presentation

Vertical motors are unique in their ability to carry external thrust. The thrust bearings that make this possible require care in assembly and application for optimum service and performance. Oil bath lubrication in vertical motors is critical and must be understood and maintained correctly.

Vertical motors: Bearing configurations and oil leaks

  • June 2012
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The bearing construction of a vertical motor determines the definite purpose application of the machine. The difference between a vertical motor and a horizontal motor mounted vertically is the bearing configuration. A vertical motor has thrust bearings, except in the case of some close-coupled pumps; a horizontal motor rarely does. Typically a vertical motor is used to drive a pump and will have a P-base mount without feet. A horizontal motor may have a footed or footless mount with a C or D flange, or no flange. The thrust bearing is usually at the top of the vertical motor and may consist of one or more angular contact bearings, a spherical roller bearing or a hydrodynamic, plate type bearing. The thrust applied by the external load will determine the type and number of bearings used. The thrust may be manifest in upward or downward axial loading or it may be balanced. It is important to correctly apply the thrust bearing configuration to achieve the best service life and performance.

Discussion also covers:

  • Bearings at the top of the motor
  • Vertical motor thrust bearings
  • Special thrust case
  • Potential for oil leaks
  • Preventing condensation

Getting The Most From Your Electric Motors

Getting The Most From Your Electric Motors - coverThis 40-page booklet provides great advice for obtaining the longest, most efficient and cost-effective operation from general and definite purpose electric motors.

This booklet covers topics such as:

  • Installation, startup and baseline information
  • Operational monitoring and maintenance
  • Motor and baseline installation data
  • How to read a motor nameplate
  • Motor storage recommendations



EASA/AEMT Rewind Study

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The Effect of Repair/Rewinding on Premium Efficiency/IE3 Motors
Tests prove Premium Efficiency/IE3 Motors can be rewound without degrading efficiency.


ANSI/EASA AR100-2020

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Recommended Practice for the Repair of Rotating Electrical Apparatus
This is a must-have guide to the repair of rotating electrical machines. Its purpose is to establish recommended practices in each step of the rotating electrical apparatus rewinding and rebuilding processes.



EASA Technical Manual

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Revised September 2022
The EASA Technical Manual is the association's definitive and most complete publication. It's available FREE to members in an online format. Members can also download PDFs of the entire manual or individual sections.